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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: What international bureaucrats (really) want
Authors: Ege, Jörn
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02604003
Published in: Global Governance
Volume(Issue): 26
Issue: 4
Page(s): 577
Pages to: 600
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Brill
ISSN: 1075-2846
Language: English
Subjects: International public administration; Administrative preference; Bureaucratic behavior; Global public policy
Subject (DDC): 350: Public administration
Abstract: The secretariats of international organizations (international public administrations [IPAs]) constitute the institutional grid of global governance. While recent research has provided valuable insights into the independent capacities of international organizations (IOs) and the influence of IPAs, we lack systematic knowledge of how scholars conceptualize the preferences of IO staff. This is lamentable because understanding the (unifying) motivations of “international civil servants” helps us to make sense of their behavior and influence during the adoption and application of IO policies. To review how IPA studies conceptualize the preferences of international bureaucrats, this article suggests a fourfold typology of ideal-typical bureaucratic behavior. It distinguishes between the underlying behavioral logic and dominant bureaucratic goal orientation. Applying the typology to thirty-nine journal articles allows us to map IPA preferences and behavior, and shows that the literature predominantly views IPAs as behaving responsibly and less self-centeredly than could be expected from economic accounts of bureaucracy.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
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Ege, J. (2020). What international bureaucrats (really) want. Global Governance, 26(4), 577–600.
Ege, J. (2020) ‘What international bureaucrats (really) want’, Global Governance, 26(4), pp. 577–600. Available at:
J. Ege, “What international bureaucrats (really) want,” Global Governance, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 577–600, 2020, doi: 10.1163/19426720-02604003.
EGE, Jörn, 2020. What international bureaucrats (really) want. Global Governance. 2020. Bd. 26, Nr. 4, S. 577–600. DOI 10.1163/19426720-02604003
Ege, Jörn. 2020. “What International Bureaucrats (Really) Want.” Global Governance 26 (4): 577–600.
Ege, Jörn. “What International Bureaucrats (Really) Want.” Global Governance, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 577–600,

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